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Dennis Ross continues to press for House vote on NSA data collection



Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, continues to press House Speaker John Boehner for a vote on a bill that would limit data gathering by the National Security Agency.

"It is time to give members the opportunity to debate the merits of this program, with the civil liberty concerns of everyday American citizens ... We can keep our country safe from terrorist attacks without sacrificing the very principles that make our country the most free and prosperous in the world," Ross wrote in a letter to Boehner.

It was signed by 12 other lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats. Florida Rep. Bill Posey is among them.

Ross' "Relevancy Act" would require an FBI investigation to focus on a specific person or group and require data collected by the NSA to be related to a person or group subject to investigation. This bill prevents the FBI from seeking a secret order requiring Verizon and other companies from turning over bulk data to the NSA.

On July 24, the House narrowly defeated another bill to crackdown on the NSA. Ross would make the restrictions permanent.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:00pm]


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